Proposed Oil and Gas Leases in Alaska

The Trump Administration released a draft plan for oil and gas lease sales across Alaska’s coast, including Southeast waters in 2023. Nineteen lease sales are proposed under the plan and Bristol Bay is the only area without a planned lease sale. This is a draft plan that will go through a public comment process. Oil companies would bid on the right to drill if their plans pass federal regulations.

Here is the National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program:

Comments on the draft plan can be submitted beginning today until March 9, 2018 at this website

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SEAK Board of Fish Meeting Documents

Meeting documents for the upcoming Southeast and Yakutat Board of Fish meeting can be found here. Shellfish issues are scheduled for Jan. 11-14, followed by Finfish Jan. 15-23. Public testimony will be heard in two parts, one during the Shellfish section and one during the Finfish section.

The meeting will be steamed live and you can listen in here.

Board Support will hold a training course, How To Navigate the Board Process, at 12 noon on the 11th and 15th.

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NMFS Alert to Pacific cod Fishermen

NMFS released this alert to Pacific cod fishermen warning of the 80% decrease in catch limits in the Gulf of Alaska for 2018 and how the cut affects various gear types.

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2018 Black Cod Almanac

View the 2018 Black Cod Almanac is here, and here are some highlights:

-In 2017, 3,322 sablefish, 877 shortspine thornyhead, 9 Greenland turbot were tagged; plus 3 spiny dogfish with pop-off satellite tags. The greatest time at liberty for a tag is 13,568 days or about 39 years. And the greatest distance a tagged sablefish has traveled is 1,544 nm from the tip of the Aleutians to central Southeast Alaska.
-The Gulf of Alaska trawl survey for sablefish was up 79% from 2016
-The 2014 year classes is estimated to be 10 times higher than the long-term average.
-Longline survey locations and dates for 2018 are posted at the end of the Almanac

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GOA Specs

The NP Council set the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) Specs this morning. Here are the Overfishing Level (OFL), Acceptable Biological Catch (ABC), and Total Allowable Catch for Pollock, Pacific cod, and Sablefish for 2018 and 2017 for comparison. The TAC is the 2018 catch limits for Pollock and Pacific cod and ABC is the catch limit for Sablefish.

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IPHC 2018 Recommended Catch Limits

This week IPHC also met for their Interim Meeting in Seattle. The recommended catch limits and a comparison of last years catch limits are here. The Commission has moved from the ‘Blue Line’ to a Spawning Potential Ratio (SPR) this a reference of fishing intensity and ratio of spawning biomass compared to fishing levels. The 2017 catch limits equaled an SPR of 40% and the recommended 2018 catch limits would be an SPR of 46%. TCEY is Total Constant Exploitable Yield or total amount of halibut removals over 26” in length and FCEY is Fishery Constant Exploitable Yield or the amount of directed fisheries halibut. The 2018 TCEY is a reduction of 24% from the catch limits adopted in 2017 and projections indicate that the target fishing intensity of SPR46 is likely to result in similar but Read more...
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IPHC Interim Meeting

The IPHC Interim Meeting will be held Tuesday, November 28th-Wednesday, November 29th from 8am to 4 pm daily. To register to participate remotely via Webinar, please follow this link:
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7155427446809338881

The meeting documents for the IPHC Interim Meeting are here:
http://iphc.int/meetings-and-events/interim-meeting/im093-documents.html

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